Listed below are sources of other free instruments that I have used in my compositions and a description of any alterations I made if I created my own custom version. I’m not able to share my custom versions so I will instead recommend these full versions available for download from their original source.
Linked above is the full version, with 16 velocity layers, hammer sounds and release samples. I created a custom stripped down, smaller version of the library for myself with only 8 velocity layers, no hammer sounds and no release samples.
I found this handy when I hurt my thumb and was unable to record myself playing a real guitar. It’s good for strumming and finger picking and has multiple built in strumming rhythms.
I’ve tried a few virtual bass guitars and this is the one I use exclusively now. It supports the use of fingers and a pick. Note that it seems to be about 30-40 cents sharp so you might want to add a pitch shift plugin to fix that.
I started with the above instrument then sampled it so I had individual samples that I could place in my own .sfz based instrument. I then replaced the kick drum and cymbals with other samples and lowered the pitch of the toms by 2 semi-tones creating my own custom drum kit.
I found myself typically using more than one drum sample at a time for a bigger sound so I created my own Taiko drums instrument by combining all the samples into one of 4 groups, such that all the samples within a group would always play at the same time. The 4 groups I created are Booms, Hits, Rims, and Crash. So for example, when I hit a key on the keyboard, all the Booms play at the same time to sound like a group of Taiko drummers working together.